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Pit bull shot during Chilliwack drug house raid

RCMP investigators on the scene of the 3rd Avenue house in Chilliwack where Kane Vernon Wilson and Kirsten Lynn Johnson were arrested on drug charges on June 25. A pit bull in the home was shot by a Mountie during the arrest. - Paul J. Henderson
RCMP investigators on the scene of the 3rd Avenue house in Chilliwack where Kane Vernon Wilson and Kirsten Lynn Johnson were arrested on drug charges on June 25. A pit bull in the home was shot by a Mountie during the arrest.
— image credit: Paul J. Henderson

A man and a woman with a history of drug charges are in custody after a raid on a 3rd Avenue home Wednesday night saw an RCMP officer shoot and injure a pit bull terrier.

During the execution of a warrant at the home, a general duty Mountie shot the pit bull that charged at police dog Koda and his handler.

"The officer physically placed himself between the pit bull, Koda, and his handler in order to protect them from this threat," said RCMP spokesperson Cst. Tracy Wolbeck in a press release. "Shooting an animal is not something we ever want to do, however, the protection of the public and our officers was the priority in this situation, and is in every situation."

The pit bull involved was located a few blocks from the scene by officers and taken to a local veterinarian to receive treatment. Animal control is now looking after the dog.

Members of the Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team (ERT), the Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Service and general duty members were involved in the raid on the home in the 46000 block of 3rd Avenue.

Police found what they believe to be heroin and crystal methamphetamine in the home.

Kane Vernon Wilson, 37, and Kirsten Lynn Johnson, 37, both of Chilliwack are charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of a prohibited weapon.

Johnson faces other trafficking charges from May. She is scheduled to go to trial Aug. 28 on possession charges dating back to October 2013, and she faces similar charges from September 2013.

Wilson, too, has a history of drug charges and is scheduled to go to trial Sept. 18 on trafficking and resisting arrest charges in relation to an incident on May 10, 2013.

The two were scheduled for a court appearance at 1:30 p.m. on Friday.

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